The fact that PSVR2 is not backwards compatible with PSVR is a huge disappointment for many. But some of the best games from the past peripheral’s library are making their way to the new device—and getting some substantial upgrades in the process. A recent article in Games Industry sheds light on the transition process and how games are being modified to benefit from Sony’s new hardware.
Even though resolution and framerate are a given, there are other factors to consider. For instance, the hypnotic puzzler Tetris Effect from Enhance Games will make use of eye-tracking to activate the Zone mechanic when you close your eyes. Depending on where you’re looking, Moss Book I and Book II will increase the shadow detail in the release, cutting down on computational costs and improving the overall experience.
Additionally, developers are taking the time to include DualSense-like features found in the new PSVR2 Sense Controllers. Pistol Whip, for instance, will utilise the adaptive triggers to add texture to each bullet you fire, while Moss will have a range of different feeling interactions depending on the context.
Of course, not all of these titles will offer free upgrades, and therefore there’s an onus on the studio to justify the cost of their ports. In the case of Moss, you’ll have to buy the games all over again; Enhance Games, meanwhile, is offering a discount for existing owners of Tetris Effect and Rez Infinite. But with backwards compatibility not even available on PSVR2, there’s certainly value in these studios revisiting their old releases and fully upgrading them to take advantage of Sony’s new hardware.